Published by Pierre Horay in 1953, this, the sole book written by Marcel Delannoy (1898–1962) is devoted to a composer who had taken the author under his wing in the early 1920s and remained in contact with him throughout his career: Arthur Honegger (1892–1955).

Delannoy finished a preliminary version of the biography in 1947, towards the end of a period of isolation following the professional and legal measures aimed at him due to his compromises during the German occupation. These postwar years were difficult for Honegger too: while he was not personally affected by the purge of collaborators, his works disappeared from programmes for several months. For Delannoy as for Honegger, then, this biography fits into a context of efforts to reclaim legitimacy in the musical world.

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editorPierre Horay
place of publicationParis
years of publication1953
book reprinted